45 animals make total of £4,500

50 Feb 4 1969 animals SM Farm

Buyers from all over Northern Ireland – and one from County Wicklow – were among an estimated 500-strong crowd at the dispersal sale of Mr George A Duncan’s “Mainestream” herd of pedigree and non-pedigree Friesians on his farm at Hollybrook House, Randalstown, last week.

Mr Jack Irvine, auctioneer of J A McClelland and Sons, who conducted the sale, said there was “absolutely no hesitancy” on the part of buyers and bidding was “very brisk”.

He added that the tremendous turn-out of farmers at the auction was one of the largest he had seen at a local sale.

A total of 45 animals – 35 pedigree and 10 non-pedigree – which came under the hammer sold for just under £4,500.

Mr Joe McCracken, Randalstown, paid the top price of 210 guineas for a pedigree cow, Mainestream Margaret, and Mr Eric Bryson, Antrim, went to 36 guineas to secure a cross-bred animal, Jill 8th.

Next highest price of 28 guineas was paid by Mr J Cadoo, Millisle, for an eight year old pedigree cow, Mainestream Dibell.

Mainestream Pearl 4th was sold for 185 guineas to Mr J A Patterson, Bangor, and another pedigree cow, Mainestream Dibell 3rd went to Mrs Margaret Kerr, Toomebridge, for 157 guineas.

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